After watching the first portion of the documentary “Forks Over Knives”, I am feeling less and less lenient towards eating animal based foods. I’m not completely convinced to stop eating those foods, but this documentary really has me thinking about what I eat, the obvious effects of those foods, and maybe the unseen effects. This documentary is about how animal-based diets are unhealthy, whereas plant-based diets are not. I am excited for next week, when I am going to eat only vegetarian for my multi-genre research project. Maybe then, I will see how different I feel, and maybe want to switch to vegetarian. But, I’m not saying that I will commit to one side of the argument before I have watched or learned or listened to the other side. Based off of how many compelling details the documentary had about this side of the argument, I am ready, and looking forward to, watching the next portion of the documentary. That way I can see how people are questioning the points we learned about today, and how there may be evidence to prove this theory wrong. It did surprise me when they talked about how American people are more likely to get cancerous diseases than any other country. However, when they talked about our diets compared to the people of other countries, it really did make a lot of sense. They eat less animal proteins than us, and they are getting less cancers.
The second part of the documentary got a lot more specific, in the aspect that it used a lot more scientific facts to back up the argument. It described how heart disease can be directly related to eating animal products such as eggs, meat, fish, or even just drinking milk. It talked about how people that had gone vegetarian hadn’t done it because if their beliefs, they had done it because they wanted to improve their health, which they did. Like I said before, it used a lot of scientific facts, such as when it talked about the Chinese experiment. It wasn’t so much of as an experiment as it was a study; the premier of China in the 1900s found out that he had bladder disease/cancer, so in order to hopefully prevent this from happening, he did a study to find a cure. He created the cancer book, which helped lead to the idea that cancer is almost strictly caused by varying environmental factors.
Overall, I would have to say that this documentary was quite disturbing for me to watch. It made me think about what I eat, and particularly the animal products. I realized that I do eat a lot of meat, and that I don’t think I could give up eating meat in a heartbeat. It seems as though not eating meat in my home would be weird, and that it would be slightly frowned upon by other family members. And honestly, I don’t really want to go vegetarian or vegan or anything, I just think that after watching this documentary, I will watch more closely at the amount of meat I consume.
I learned a lot from this documentary. I learned, according to research done by professional dieticians, that eating foods made from animals can significantly cause many diseases, whereas eating a plant based diet can stop, and even reverse, some of these diseases. I learned that I should be looking more closely at what I eat, and that I shouldn’t assume that something is good for me because the government says so.
This documentary has raised several questions in my mind. First of all, if meat and animal based foods are so bad for us, why does the government tells us otherwise with the food pyramid? And if a plant-based diet can truly reverse diseases such as diabetes, why don’t more people eat that way? Why do people claim we need meat and milk to be healthy when they can get those same health benefits from plants? This whole thing has made me really wonder about my diet and how it affects me, and even though I am not going to cut meat out of my diet anytime soon, I will definitely be more aware of how much of it I eat.